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Gemba Walks: Are You Going To See or To Be Seen?
Author: Dave LaHote
Summary
Media Format: Articles
Publish Date: 8/19/2014
"Supervisors talked about the significant improvements they were making as a result of kaizen events," writes Dave LaHote, "But all I noticed was workers trying to keep up with a production process that looked out of sync, plagued by problems that got in the way of them being able to perform their jobs well." Read more.
I fail to see the difference between hoshin kanri and the strategic planning we used to do. What am I missing?
Author: Ballé, Michael
Summary
Media Format: eLetters
Publish Date: 8/18/2014

My boss has hired a consultant to take us through the Hoshin Kanri process. So far, I fail to see the difference with the strategic planning we used to do. What am I missing?

Lean Talks: Are You Making Excuses or Solving Problems?
Author: Mark Graban
Summary
Media Format: Articles
Publish Date: 8/15/2014
In his "lean talk" at the Lean Transformation Summit this past March, lean coach and author Mark Graban shared his perspective on what a culture of continuous improvement really means and requires of us as hopeful change agents. The video concludes with a Q&A with Jim Womack.
Building Capability, Transforming Organizations
Author: Katie Anderson
Summary
Media Format: Articles
Publish Date: 8/14/2014
How do we improve ourselves as coaches while developing the problem solving capabilities of others? Lean coach Katie Anderson suggests using a personal improvement A3.
Testing the Lean Transformation Model in India
Author: Dhirendra Kumar Dubey
Summary
Media Format: Articles
Publish Date: 8/13/2014
Dhirendra Kumar Dubey of Lean Management Institute of India (LMII) shares what he's learned about the effectiveness of the Lean Transformation Model through institute projects.
Communicating With Respect
Author: Alice Lee
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Media Format: Articles
Publish Date: 8/12/2014
Effective communication is key when it comes to lean learning. Give people too much information, too soon and you lose them, Alice Lee says. Give them too little, too late and they'll get bored. In both cases, you run the risk of people not feeling respected by you. Read what Lee suggests doing instead.
8 Tips for “Passing the Baton” with Suppliers and Customers
Author: Robert Martichenko
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Media Format: Articles
Publish Date: 8/8/2014
In a relay, the winning team isn’t the one that runs the fastest leg, but the one that runs fastest start to finish without dropping the baton. In business, the winning supply chain isn’t the one with the most efficient operational silos, but the one that is most efficient end to end, especially at the handoffs.
PDCA, BML, TMC: Learning Lean From Lean
Author: Matthew Savas
Summary
Media Format: Articles
Publish Date: 8/7/2014
"Lean, Lean UX, and Lean Startup – there' a lot of 'lean' out there," writes Matthew Savas. "Is this good or bad?" What's most important, Savas says, is an allegiance to true PDCA. What do you think?
What does developing people mean?
Author: Ballé, Michael
Summary
Media Format: eLetters
Publish Date: 8/7/2014

Dear Gemba Coach,

Are people tools? Should bosses use people? What does development mean? How should we think about it?

Teaching Lean Concepts to Future STEM Professionals in New Philadelphia Ohio
Author: Joe Pry
Summary
Media Format: Articles
Publish Date: 8/6/2014
Joe Pry, Intro to Engineering teacher at New Philadelphia High School in Ohio, is bringing lean training for STEM professions to his students with a grant from the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. Here's a story of four organizations working together to teach lean engineering concepts and connect students with manufacturing and engineering jobs in their communities.